Focused on solving the challenges of complex medication regimens by streamlining how drugs are delivered to patients, Craft Health revealed its proprietary 3D printer uses a specially designed print head for viscous two-component materials by German firm ViscoTec. Craft Health is leveraging ViscoTec’s vipro-Head 5 print head for 3D printing of nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals. Funded in 2019, Craft Health is an early-stage startup that uses a proprietary blend of formulations-called Craft Blends-corresponding to different controlled release profiles, all 3D printed into a single tablet using a specialized 3D printer called CraftMake. “We are using multiple print heads, and so the Craft Blends containing different active ingredients can also be combined onto a single tablet, depending on the individual’s requirement. Different Craft Blends can also be employed to control the rate of release of active ingredients into the body. Hence, a unique and personalized tablet can be 3D printed for the individual, considering the combination, type, dose, and release profile of active ingredients required. The end product is a personalized tablet for the patient, for both nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals,” highlighted Lim. Several advantages of ViscoTec include a stepper motor version in the print head that allows easy integration to already existing gantry systems for 3D printing. Always on the lookout for collaborations and partnerships, Craft Health worked with the ViscoTec team in Asia on new ideas to modify the print head to comply with any regulatory requirement for manufacturing of nutraceuticals or pharmaceuticals, said Lim. So to meet Craft Health’s needs, the wetted surfaces of the vipro-Head 5 were customized and refabricated using a low-carbon alloy of stainless steel material to comply with FDA regulations for a non-reactive, non-absorptive print head. Whether reducing the frequency of medicine intake or combining multiple medicines into one single polypill, Craft Health is on a mission to change the status quo of pharmaceuticals.

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